Author Veronica Roth and Director Neil Burger Talk DIVERGENT, What They Collect, Filming in Chicago, IMAX, and More at Comic-Con

     July 27, 2013


With Summit’s futuristic thriller Divergent opening March 21, 2014, the studio brought the cast and director Neil Burger (Limitless) to Comic-Con last weekend.  Based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth, Divergent takes place in a futuristic society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities, which determines how they can best serve the population.  Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) stars as Tris, a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces grave consequences due to her status as a “Divergent.”

Shortly before hitting the stage, I landed an exclusive video interview with Roth and Burger.  They talked about being at Comic-Con, the way they collaborated, why they shot in Chicago, what do they collect (Roth reveals she’s a Potterhead), IMAX, what they each liked about the other person, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

divergent-theo-games-amy-newboldDivergent also stars Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles TellerMaggie QAnsel ElgortMekhi PhiferBen Lamb, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Amy Newbold, and Christian Madsen.

Veronica Roth and Neil Burger:

  • Burger says he was told as they began shooting that they were coming to Comic-Con, which created a rush to shoot and edit footage for the Comic-Con reel.
  • 1:45 – Talk about their collaboration process.
  • 3:00 – Burger wanted to shoot in Chicago because the book is set there and use the “grandness of Chicago” to distinguish Divergent from other futuristic tentpoles.
  • 4:30 – Roth doesn’t much collect, but she is a Potterhead.  Burger collects photographs and “weird videos.”
  • 5:30 – Burger is attracted to Roth’s universal story and liked creating this future world.
  • 7:00 – Roth likes Burger’s strong visual sense and was a fan of Burger’s previous films The Illusionist and Limitless.
  • 7:30 – Divergent will be converted to IMAX, but Berger says they shot with IMAX in mind to highlight the scale of the Chicago landscape.


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